1st Edition

Visual, Narrative and Creative Research Methods Application, reflection and ethics

By Dawn Mannay Copyright 2016
    162 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    162 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Visual research methods are quickly becoming key topics of interest and are now widely recognised as having the potential to evoke emphatic understanding of the ways in which other people experience their worlds. Visual, Narrative and Creative Research Methods examines the practices and value of these visual approaches as a qualitative tool in the field of social science and related disciplines.

    This book is concerned with the process of applying visual methods as a tool of inquiry from design, to production, to analysis and dissemination. Drawing on research projects which reflect real world situations, you will be methodically guided through the research process in detail, enabling you to examine and understand the practices and value of visual, narrative and creative approaches as effective qualitative tools.

    Key topics include:

    • techniques of data production, including collage, mapping, drawing and photographs;
    • the practicalities of application;
    • the positioning of the researcher;
    • interpretation of visual data;
    • images and narratives in public spaces;
    • evaluative analysis of creative approaches.

    Visual, Narrative and Creative Research Methods will be an invaluable companion for researchers, postgraduate students and other academics with an interest in visual and creative methods and qualitative research.

    1. Introduction

    2. Mapping images: charting the visual and creative in social science research

    3. Making the familiar strange: questions we would not think to ask

    4. Participatory methodologies: questions of power and positionality in creative research

    5. Problematising interpretation: applying auteur theory, disrupting the surface and breaking the frame

    6. Visual and narrative data production: time, artistic ability and incongruence

    7. Ethical concerns: answers to questions we did not want to ask

    8. Conclusion: looking back and moving forward


    Dawn Mannay is Lecturer in Social Sciences at Cardiff University, Wales, and she employs participatory, visual, creative and narrative methods in her research with diverse communities.

    "Mannay's text is an excellent reference to have on hand. It will also be useful in methods courses. While it most directly applies to visual methods, the discussions this book prompts will be useful regardless of the type of data collection or dissemination utilized or the field of inquiry." - Dr. Rita Shah, Visual Methodologies